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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through]

The news recently has featured a spate of people behaving badly. It reveals an increasingly prominent class issue: the widening rift between working-class and lower-middle-class people (manual workers, clerks, small business owners, low-level government staff) and their social superiors in the Ruling Class (billionaires, celebrities, politicians, college professors, corporate media Talking Heads, Human Resources directors, federal power-holders etc.)

This recent lack of respect has all been, as the French say, de haut en bas, “from the high to the low.”

  • First case study: The flap at Smith College about a black student’s complaint that she was harassed for “eating while black.”

This is actually an old story from July of 2018. It’s come into the news again because a low-level white employee at Smith College resigned on February 19th complaining of an anti-white work environment. [ Resignation letter from Smith College employee describes hostile workplace, president responds , by Kate Wilkinson, WWLP, Feb 26, 2021]

Smith College is a tony liberal-arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts. A year at Smith will cost your parents a tad over $78,000. The only other thing I’ve heard about Smith is that is the world, if not Solar system, if not galactic, headquarters of lesbianism … but that’s just hearsay.

The story in short: A cafeteria and attached lounge was closed to students for the summer, so high-schoolers on a summer camp program could use it. A black student, Oumou Kanoute (right) raised in the U.S.A. by immigrant parents from Mali, ignored this and took her lunch there anyway, disregarding a reminder from one of the cafeteria workers, a white female.

While she was eating her lunch, a 60-year-old white male janitor—let’s call him Janitor One—saw her there and told campus security. A different janitor, 58 years old, call him Janitor Two, accompanied a campus cop back to the lounge to tell the student she wasn’t supposed to be there.

This janitor was also white, as was the cop. There are a lot of those durn white people in Western Massachusetts. When are we going to fix that?

The black student made a fuss on social media, the college authorities groveled and flagellated themselves, Janitor One was put on paid leave, and a law firm was hired to investigate the incident.

They found nothing, of course; but the college went on groveling regardless.

They offered no apologies for their behavior: no apology to the cafeteria lady, the janitors, or the cop, all of whom had been denounced all over social media—and even in some legacy media—for their cruel, arrogant white supremacy.

So the correlation of forces here is: In the Blue corner, a young black woman from a wealthy family attending a tony college with a huge endowment and $78,000 fees. In the Red corner, four white working-class Americans making minimum wage, or not much above it.

Last I heard, the cafeteria lady got furloughed last fall on account of the pandemic. She’s having trouble getting a new job because when prospective employers look her up, she’s flagged as RACIST.

Janitor One is back from paid leave but declines to be interviewed. Janitor Two left the college soon after the incident, fed up with all the compulsory training sessions in race and intersectionality.

Quote from him, which I think captures the deep truth of the incident: “I don’t know if I believe in white privilege. I believe in money privilege.” [Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College, by Michael Powell, NYT, February 24, 2021]

I have no news of the cop.

  • Second case study: the renegade Royals, Harry Windsor and his wife Meghan Markle.

Harry, formally the Duke of Sussex, is the younger son of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne. He married Meghan in 2018, and they had a son the following year. We were told a couple of weeks ago that Meghan is again enceinte. She is three years older than Harry, and a divorcee. She’s American and identifies as mixed-race. I’d judge her an octoroon by appearance.

Harry and Meghan’s relations with Harry’s grandparents—which is to say, the Queen and Prince Philip—are famously fraught. Meghan is plainly unsuited to the life of a royal: touring around the country performing ceremonial chores, making small talk with unimportant people, always smiling for the press, and keeping your opinions very strictly to yourself. It’s worse for Meghan because her sister-in-law Kate, William’s wife, is superbly good at it. And then, it’s double worse because Meghan’s head is stuffed up to the nose-holes with all the fashionable cant of racism, feminism, globalism, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and all the dreary rest, which to persons of Grandma and Grandad’s generation—or even to mine, the following generation—just seems weird and silly.

Harry himself is a dim bulb, and doggedly loyal to his wife. Again, to be fair, the first quality there is something he can’t help, and the second one is admirable.

So as you can see, I’m not totally out of sympathy with the Sussexes … Sussices, whatever. But even I’ve been wincing at these latest revelations about the way Meghan treated her royal servants through 2018 and 2019, when she was trying to be a working royal.

This week the London Times, a venerable and respectable broadsheet, reported that one of Meghan’s staffers in the Royal Household had lodged a bullying complaint against her [Royal aides reveal bullying claim before Meghan’s Oprah interview, by Valentine Low , March 2, 2021 ]. That brought out a chorus of similar stories from present and former royal servants, and the London tabloids are having a field day. [BATTLE ROYAL Queen orders investigation into Meghan Markle bullying claims as Palace are ‘very concerned & won’t tolerate harassment’, by Dan Keane and Matt Wilkinson, The Sun, March 4, 2021]


All this is leading up, perhaps not coincidentally, to the TV airing of a 90-minute interview Harry and Meghan have recorded with Oprah Winfrey, to be aired here in the U.S.A. on Sunday night, in Britain on Monday night. It’s reported, how truthfully I don’t know, that in the interview Meghan says some unkind things about Grandma and Grandpa [THE SUN SAYS Meghan Markle has now fallen out with family, staff, Press and public – spot the pattern?, March 5, 2021].

In a further wrinkle to the story, causing extra outrage over there, Grandpa, whose hundredth birthday is coming up this June, has been hospitalized with heart trouble. Why, people are asking, can’t the TV networks hold off showing the Harry-Meghan-Oprah interview until Prince Philip is back in health? The answer of course is [ker-CHING].

Obvious question: How seriously should we take the lady’s talk about lifting up the wretched of the earth and fighting against white privilege and toxic masculinity when, on the facing page, there’s testimony about her bullying her staff?

Answer: Just about as seriously as we should take that Smith College gal’s tale about being harassed for “eating while black.”

You have to concede the advantages of constitutional monarchy, though. Under that system, we peasants can enjoy all the fun of jeering at the narcissism and hypocrisy of rich people without it having anything to do with power, either cultural or political.

Which brings me to:

  • Third case study: Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State.

When the coronavirus panic got seriously under way, hospitals in New York State panicked that they didn’t have enough beds to cope. They panicked to the State Department of Health, and Governor Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit covid-positive patients, to free up beds in the hospitals.

That wasn’t totally crazy on the face of it—yes, I’m having one of my let’s-be-fair fire sales this week—since after all nursing homes are kind-of like hospitals, just without the resident doctors and fully-trained nurses, without the ORs and radiology units, without the bedside monitoring equipment, the ventilators and masks, without …

Oh, all right, all right: Nursing homes are not actually much like hospitals. You can see, though, that a person of wealth and privilege—a state governor, for example, whose Dad was also a state governor—having no acquaintance with how ordinary people live and what ordinary people’s nursing homes are like, might scribble his signature on that order on his way out the door to some celebrity dinner.

But that order precipitated a disaster, and a scandal. The disaster:

COVID-positive new admissions between late March and early May, which numbered 6,327, were associated with several hundred and possibly more than 1,000 additional resident deaths.

COVID-positive Admissions Were Correlated with Higher Death Rates in New York Nursing Homes, by Bill Hammond and Ian Kingsbury,, February 18, 2021

The scandal: Cuomo’s efforts to cover up the truth of the matter. That was exploded by a report by the state Attorney General that Cuomo’s office had undercounted the number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as fifty percent. [Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll, by J. David Goodman and Danny Hakim, NYT, March 4, 2021]

I should say here, dropping the let’s-be-fair routine now, I should say, as a long-time resident of New York State whose circle of acquaintance has included several people well-connected in the state government, I have been hearing for years what a coarse, arrogant bully Andrew Cuomo is. The state motto is Excelsior, which is Latin for “higher.” Andrew Cuomo’s personal motto seems to be Oderint dum Metuant: “Let them hate, so long as they fear.”

Just last month the local press was reporting that state assemblyman Ron Kim, like Cuomo a Democrat, had taken a phone call from the Governor after he’d criticized Cuomo’s cover-up of the nursing-home death numbers.

Cuomo growled down the phone that” You have not seen my wrath … You will be destroyed.” [Cuomo threatens Democrat Ron Kim over nursing home scandal: ‘You will be destroyed’, by Carl Campanile, Bernadette Hogan and Bruce Golding, NY Post, February 17, 2021]

Am I going to mention at this point that the Governor’s maternal grandparents came from Sicily?

No, absolutely not. The thought never crossed my mind.

Well, this past few days the local press has been full of stories about Andrew Cuomo making clumsy advances on young women. The pièce de résistance—yes, I’m have a fire sale on Gallicisms, too—the pièce de résistance is a great photograph of Cuomo at a wedding reception two years ago with his two hands on the face of a comely young lady, name of Anna Ruch, whose facial expression suggests she is inwardly screaming “FOR GOD’S SAKE SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE!”

The New York Post likes this picture so much, they put it on their front page twice, March 2nd and March 4th.

Ms. Ruch, as it happens, was not an employee of the Governor’s office. But other young women who were have been telling tales of Cuomo coming on at them. He is now the quarry in a full-scale #MeToo hunt.

I am not a fan of these #MeToo hysterias. Yes, I guess I should feel some sympathy for young female staffers who fear losing their jobs if they offend the Governor; but there is a form of words to make it plain politely that the gentleman’s attentions are unwanted. Why didn’t the mothers of these young women teach them that form of words?

And what about Ms. Ruch, who wasn’t one of Cuomo’s employees? Couldn’t she have given Cuomo a brief introduction to the Nutcracker Suite, or at least a slap in the face?

The real outrage here is that news coverage of Cuomo’s boorishness has been far more copious than what was given to those hundreds of nursing-home deaths. That says something about our scale of values nowadays.

So what do we learn from this, comrades?

  • From the Smith College business: That rich Blue-State liberals couldn’t care less about the working-class white people who sweep their floors and mind their cafeterias, but will pluck out their own eyeballs with barbecue tongues rather than let anyone think they are prejudiced against blacks.
  • From Harry and Meghan: That a female person of color who plays the victim card at the slightest opportunity, and who tells the world how full of compassion she is towards the meek and lowly of the world, is a bitch to work for. Good to know.
  • From Andrew Cuomo’s various scandals: That the lefty Blue State Governor, a darling of progressives and feminists, who once told an interviewer that, “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York,” [Gov. Cuomo to conservatives: Leave NY!, by Aaron Short, NYPost, January 18, 2014] is a bully and an obnoxious jerk to those less powerful than himself, especially fair young women; and he is also a shameless liar.

So, nothing actually very new.

As the sage remarked, though: “Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. Just thought I’d offer a qualification Mr. Derbyshire. I don’t think the octaroon- Meghan ‘the man’ Markle is a genetic women and is thus not a mother.
    I have no idea where the children come from but based on Queen Elizabeth’s behaviour in Canada, she seems to be good at finding dozens of them. Sometimes they are never seen again. Sometimes they climb out tbe windows at the Palace and are photographed. Sometimes they were killed by Jimmy Saville, eaten, buried and then dug up years later by investigators.
    Everything I have stated about the Windsor family is public record except Markles’ sex. We could request a dna sample but I bet it would be rebuffed.
    The point is that we need to tell the truth about tbese ‘Royal’ killers. They are homicidal psychopaths who have been leaching off the people of England for too long. Any other family with their ‘habits’ would be in prison.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
    • Replies: @very old statistician
  2. “The ruling class is getting nastier”. ?

    The Weinstein/Epstein tribe is being exposed.

    The “saved/chosen” group is losing their grip on reality.

    The “lying/liars” idiots are running out of bovine excrement.

    The “ultra rich/extra smatr”experts will be a reaping the rewards
    of the “non”federal/”no”reserve “debt” spiral that they “worked”
    so hard to “create/mandate” on the unbelieving masses …

    “they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do”/ or something ?

  3. All of this negative stuff about Cuomo was floating around for a long while before … so what is different now, that the dogs are finally unleashed upon him?

    Some suggest that it is because during the covid hysteria, Cuomo demanded observance of the rules by the New York Jewish community … and Cuomo said some very harsh things against Jewish violators of the covid-lockdown

    Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a ‘streak of anti-Semitic discrimination’with a recent crackdown … The lawsuit accused the Democrat of making negative, false, and discriminatory statements about the Jewish Orthodox community

    See also

    But nah, that’s all just a coincidence

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
    • Replies: @Currahee
  4. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    • Agree: Seneca44
  5. I’m a lot less forgiving of what I call Cuomo’s Final Solution to the Medicaid Problem, which as the last resort payer for indigent nursing home patients was two thirds of the six billion dollar hole his state’s budget unexpectedly developed in the fall of 2019. By no means proof, but I think it’s No Accident the other four states that did the same thing are big Blue ones, although I’ve separately read California withdrew it after it was met by protest. Per a report I read months ago that New Jersey “achieved” an even higher death rate per capita. Let us also not forget the thing Biden elevated to HHS was the Pennsylvania head of public health who removed its mother from a long term care facility before that state’s policy went into effect.

  6. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    The Cuomos are meatheads. Not sure why this is all coming out now but there’s probably some hidden reason. He’s responsible for killing all those unfortunate people who were stuck in nursing homes and should be locked up for that. Insofar as the unwanted attention paid to some women that seems to be rather weak tea. He wanted some dates and is a crude, ham-fisted guy who isn’t very attractive. These women are all adults and know how to say no if they don’t like him. Instead they act like terrified children. He’s no Warren Beatty, that’s for sure, otherwise those same women would be pleased that he chose them.
    Everything just devolves to the trivial.

  7. Anon[378] • Disclaimer says:

    I look forward to RadioDerb every week and am never disappointed. You truly are a national treasure Derb, I can’t believe Britain gave you up. If all those ‘above’ you in the royal lineage were to meet an untimely end and you were called back, I would fight the extradition tooth and nail.

  8. Currahee says:

    Eh, sorry; but the Power Jews regard the Orthodox with contempt.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  9. SafeNow says:

    Well-spoken mediocrity is venerated in the U.S. Mario, Andrew’s father, came to prominence by reason of a single speech at the Democrat national convention — — as did Obama. For Andrew, it was daily press briefings. For Fauci, another mediocrity, the same story — all style. They were not proficient at their jobs, which required more than oratory and style. Joan Didion, reviewing Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, wrote that Gary Gilmore had a highly developed kind of con style that captured the national imagination.


    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  10. Voltarde says:

    “Harry, formally the Duke of Sussex, is the younger son of Prince Charles …”

    There’s a greater chance that Derb’s biological father was Edward VIII than Harry’s biological father was Prince Charles.

    • Replies: @Fr. John
  11. I’m from Hamp, or Northampton, where Smith is. It’s always been a liberal bastion for faggy guys and dykes – the whole town is awash in queer this and that. Working at Smith while white is a dangerous occupation. Surprised she didn’t leave long ago.

    And the photo of the midget sammy davis junior look alike kinda represents the Smith populace. Not Nice People.

    • Replies: @Anon
  12. “Look of fear”

    No wonder.

  13. barbecue tongues

    Is that another Gallicism?

    • Replies: @Polistra
  14. @SafeNow

    “Joan Didion, reviewing Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song, wrote that Gary Gilmore had a highly developed kind of con style that captured the national imagination.”

    Kingsley Amis said he hated Americans because everyone was either a hick or a Jew. Actually, I’ve observed that from Poe (see his essay on “Diddling”) and Melville to Mad Men, Americans either are con men or more or less openly adore them. (See my book, End of an Era: Mad Men and the Ordeal of Civility, banned by Amazon but available via Unz and Counter-Currents)

    Lots of our “great” authors, inventors, artists, religious figures, etc. are essentially con men, whether or not money was the motive.

    Supposedly America was settle by Puritans, and Australia by convicts. Has anyone studied the percentage of con men transported here? Or did it develop here through some mixture of races and environments? Something like con men can be found in literature from the Greeks through Boccaccio, but (like serial killers) it seems to have skyrocketed in recent decades, and centrally in America.

    • Replies: @Hector Ramon
  15. Unit472 says:

    My thoughts.

    Case A. Anyone from ‘Mali’ in the US is no good and should be deported.

    Case B. Harry has “issues” and beyond déclassé! They are a luxury the Monarchy cannot afford.

    Case C. Cuomo has “issues “. If you are a wealthy 63 year old man who happens to be Governor of the State of New York and a desires a female ‘companion you do not have to ‘hit on’’ every 30 year old girl you meet. You should be vety wary of them instead.

    • Replies: @fish
  16. Fr. John says:

    “Harry, formally the Duke of Sussex, is the younger son of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.”

    Umm, yeah. But NO. Ann Barnhardt laid it out with photos, that clearly put that lie to bed.

    While Ann’s misguided devotion to a Church that doesn’t exist (for, in accepting Vatican II, Rome departed from what faith she once had…. let alone the Great Schism of 1054!) means she denies the efficacy of Anglican baptism (even the most radical of the Heretics of History would not go that far, Ann!)

    She clearly points out that Harry, while raised as a Royal, is only 1/2 royal… on his MOTHER’S side.

    He’s no longer the Windsor’s responsibility. And his children (like he) are bastards. FitzWindsor, anyone?

    • Thanks: Miro23
    • Replies: @Polistra
  17. I’m usually bored to tears by news involving the royals and wouldn’t even comment but let’s be serious here, the only reason these stories about “bullying the staff” leaked out is because M&H left Britain. As soon as they did that, they became enemies of the state and the British propaganda machine declared open season. If they stayed, these allegations–if they ever surfaced at all–would be quickly hushed up or the accusers themselves would be dragged through the mud.

    I say “they” became enemies but it’s really “her,” since Harry’s one of them through heredity and blood and therefore protected. Meghan is American which makes her an instant target, as bashing Americans is Britain’s national sport. I’m actually shocked Derb doesn’t see this racket for what it is and accepts these “leaks” at face value. I guess the Limey in him dies hard.

    I’m curious why the Brits think that living in Britain should be the requirement for royals. Is it so their every move can be recorded and picked apart by their maniacal press? Is it so their legions of idiots can occasionally gawk at them driving thru town? What an awful country.

    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
  18. songbird says:

    My only time passing by Smith, I saw a young woman wearing a sleeveless dress with unshaved armpits.

    Though, the prettiest teacher (non-lesbian) I ever had went there.

  19. The story here is that if Harry doesn’t break down in front of Oprah and weep and accuse them of murdering Diana then Oprah has lost her magic touch. Come on this is like a 14 inch putt! This is bigger than Whacko Jacko!

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  20. unwoke says:

    “Am I going to mention at this point that the Governor’s maternal grandparents came from Sicily?”

    This actually probably explains a lot, though of course, the MSM dare not whisper it – not even the more cranky NY Post. His dad Mario – who is the only reason Andrew is governor now – had to face it a little more openly, but those Cuomo’s sure do a very good imitation of Mafia dons. That’s what he looks like in that Post cover photo more than anything. Maybe the caption should have read: ‘I never bumped off anyone inappropriately.’

  21. @Bragadocious

    I’m a little more hard-core in my couldn’t-give-a-rat’s-ass-edness regarding those highnesses and such than you are, Bragadocious. I remember that when that one chick, Diane, got killed in the wreck, I was at my brother’s house watching Saturday Night Live or something, and after 1/2 hour of that reporting we were both all “hey, put the damn show back on.” Enough. Who cares?

    Elton John didn’t need to go changing the meaning of his song from being about Marylin Monroe to Diana either. He had a whole lot of better songs from that album too:

    And now, we re-dedicate this one to Andy Cuomo, one of our front-line COVID heroes:

    It wasn’t just Elton. He had a damn good band too:

    Davey Johnstone – guitars, and banjo on this one
    Dee Murray – bass guitar
    Nigel Olson – drums

    • LOL: Tony massey
    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    , @Rex Little
  22. @steinbergfeldwitzcohen

    You are insane. Also, you spelled octoroon wrong, so you are also incompetent. If you are gonna sign onto the internet and throw out technical terms, at least spell them right.

    Look, there are many fields of intellectual endeavor where you might be useful – stamp collecting, perhaps, or the study of Sunday Comics, or something else —– but stop talking about your incredibly stupid fantasies about women not being women, and stop speaking of intermixes of genes.

    YOU WILL NEVER READ BETTER ADVICE, so don’t snap at me like the fool that you would be, were you to do so.

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
  23. nsa says:

    The apple never falls far from the tree. In the 1977 NY mayoral race between Mario Cuomo and Ed Koch, Cuomo hired sound trucks to drive around broadcasting his main campaign theme: “Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo”. Similar posters appeared all over town which Daddy Cuomo also denied having anything to do with.

  24. @Achmed E. Newman

    Yeah, when that broad died, I went right back to what I was doing too, I believe I was defragmenting my hard drive.

    She was probably killed by MI6. The Brits see ex-royals living abroad as security risks. I think I just answered my own question in the previous post.

  25. @James J O'Meara

    Convicts were only transported to Australia after the American Revolution removed America as the preferred dumping ground. According to this article on Gizmodo, between 1718 and 1788 up to 10% of migrants to America were British convicts.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  26. Miro23 says:

    They found nothing, of course; but the college went on groveling regardless.

    The college doesn’t understand Woke rules. If you’re a member of the “victim” class, you get a free pass to do what you want.

  27. Miro23 says:

    Meghan is plainly unsuited to the life of a royal…

    The story goes that two young people met by chance and fell in love.

    The other story is that a crowd of New York Wokes planned an attack on the British Royal Family using Meghan Markle as a guided missile.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  28. The whole point of the Woke frenzy over racism is to divert the proles’ attention as the predatory parasite elites empty what’s left in their pockets. It’s working a treat, too.

  29. @Currahee

    But they remain a convenient excuse to attack someone as an ‘antisemite’. As children were warned in the Warsaw Ghetto, beware the Germans, be even more afraid of the Ukrainians, but fear the Jewish guards most of all.

  30. That Cuomo picture is such a great news pic that you can’t blame the Post for using it twice. It’s also hilarious.

  31. designer says:

    This nastiness is the resurrection of feudalism. All “progressive” political movements of the last decades are working hard to smash democracy and turn back to the ordained by God postpositive society of nobility and serfs. The postmodern brainchild is a deeply reactionary development, their protagonist will only find out, when they become the gardener of some banker.

  32. C’mon, Andy was just trying to show the young lady what a huge fan he is of Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker:

    “We are tonight’s entertainment!”

  33. @nsa

    ‘Fruit of the poisoned tree’, as they say.

  34. Prince Harry is a member of the “could have done better” club. Which also includes Jeff Bezoa and that older CNN skank he left his wife for.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  35. Nastier? Maybe. Stupider? Definitely! And I don’t even need Biden videos to prove that one. All one needs is the fact that the criminal psycho elites (and their celebrity-academia-media/idiots, and the billionaires that own them) keep doing the same things over and over again expecting different results…Great Reset, eh? Right. Same as the old Great Resets…. I mean, Covidiocracy was only 19 years after the last reset, 9-11, which was between 25-30 years after “the oil crisis-Vietnam War-Watergate, etc., which was 30-40 years after WW2/Great Depression, which was 70 years after the Civil War, which was about 90s years after the American Revolution…. get the picture? Because they elites really just make things up as they go along having no clue of the consequences…why anyone takes these psychos seriously is beyond me! Hint: God is in control! And I don’t give a crap how many Talmudics think they are gods and will “enslave 2,800 gentiles per Jew….” Bwahahahahahahahah!

  36. The state motto is Excelsior, which is Latin for “higher.”

    Longfellow’s poem Excelsior was forever changed by James Thurber’s illustrated version, published in 1939 in the New Yorker. Once seen, the reader can remember it no other way.

    May I request, Mr. Derbyshire, that you overlook my spam, just this one time, please?


  37. Polistra says:
    @James J O'Meara

    I thought surely it was a Briticism, though I’ve never heard it before.

    Mind you; I’m not offering a criticism, or even a witticism.

  38. Polistra says:
    @Fr. John

    Ann Barnhardt laid it out with photos, that clearly put that lie to bed.

    Well now that’s comic. Daresay that something more than a vague resemblance in carefully-chosen photos might be required, hmm?

    Perhaps something like, IDK, DNA??

    White guys all look alike, amirite?

  39. Anon[402] • Disclaimer says:
    @anti smithy

    We did the college tour thing when my daughter was a high school senior and visited Smith. FWIW and from what little you can see on a college tour, I found Smith less aggressively sapphic than I expected. The most aggressive thing I saw was a woman who was older than a student in a main hall dressed in military garb reading notices of upcoming events. She reminded me of the woman in Forrest Gump who wrestled with the DC cop who had cut the audio equipment so most of Gump’s talk to an antiwar protest was silenced.

    In the end my daughter decided she wanted guys around at her college and went to a coed liberal arts school.

  40. @Achmed E. Newman

    I remember that when that one chick, Diane, got killed in the wreck, I was at my brother’s house watching Saturday Night Live or something, and after 1/2 hour of that reporting we were both all “hey, put the damn show back on.” Enough. Who cares?

    Heh, that was my reaction when JFK was killed. Granted, I was all of 14 at the time.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  41. @Rex Little

    Hey, what the heck was on your B&W TV at the time, Rex?

  42. fish says:

    Case C. Cuomo has “issues “. If you are a wealthy 63 year old man who happens to be Governor of the State of New York and a desires a female ‘companion you do not have to ‘hit on’’ every 30 year old girl you meet. You should be very (sic) wary of them instead.

    ……The Count, a dapper and ugly little man, brought a new slave-concubine to my father one day and I was dispatched by my mother to spy on the proceedings. All of us spied on my father as a manner of self-protection. One of the slave-concubines permitted my father under the Bene Gesserit—Guild agreement could not, of course, bear a Royal Successor, but the intrigues were constant and oppressive in their similarity. We became adept, my mother and sisters and I, at avoiding subtle instruments of death. It may seem a dreadful thing to say, but I’m not at all sure my father was innocent in these attempts. A Royal Family is not like other families. Here was a new slave-concubine, then, red-haired like my father, willowy and graceful. She had a dancer’s muscles, and her training obviously had included neuro-enticement. My father looked at her for a long time as she postured unclothed before him. Finally he said: “She is too beautiful. We will save her as a gift.” You have no idea how much consternation this restraint created in the Royal Creche. Subtlety and self-control were, after all, the most deadly threats to us all.

    Who says fiction is a waste of time!

  43. Hibernian says:

    The British Establishment has never gotten over losing their Colonies.

  44. Hibernian says:

    Between Koch and Cuomo Sr., they’re about the best example of which I can think of the “Why can’t they both lose?” phenomenon.

  45. Hibernian says:
    @Hector Ramon

    Georgia was the Australia of the American Colonies.

  46. Harry has a weirdly shaped head, which you can see most clearly from behind. I have it to myself that he suffers from congenital hydrocephaly. His being a waterhead would explain both his low intelligence and his predilection for his nasty little mongrel.

  47. anon[347] • Disclaimer says:

    Like his daddy, Mario Cuomo has been talked up as being “presidential” for a couple of years now. The same is true of Gavin Newsom out in California. Funny thing, the recall petition in California just passed 2,000,000 signatures at about the same time that Cuomo’s attempts to pick up girls using Harvey Weinstein’s playbook erupted. Pure coincidence, I’m sure, that two possible challengers for a D incumbent are being kneecapped. Coincidence! Nothing more!

    Of course one obvious explanation is not difficult: preparation for the 2024 Presidential primaries. The moneybags that run the DNC had to resort to some unpleasant rigging last year; the Iowa caucus being one obvious example. They would much prefer a more smoothly operating machine in the future.

    Now, this does mean they have to keep Weekend at Biden’s going until 2022, so that President Harris will be able to run for re-election in both 2024 and 2028. Given Biden’s performance yesterday in his…presentation… keeping him propped up is going to become more and more complicated over the next two years. But I’m sure it’s worth the effort for all involved.

  48. Ralph L says:

    I misread a vowel in “fashionable cant” for a second. Harsh!

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